Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
Oh come on. I've got respect for your views on cricket, but you've been wrong plenty of times, even just on issues I've discussed with you. Shane Watson as an ODI player, say? Panesar being a far worse bowler than Giles? I'd say we were both wrong about Damien Martyn having a good Ashes last year, and so on.
Ive been wrong on a few occasions in the past, ive never denied it.
However i never once claimed that Watson was a useless ODI 'player' or ever once stated anything along the lines of his batting not being international class, nor for that matter did i ever claim that he could not become a good ODI bowler- infact i once mentioned that he could if he improved his accuracy. However that is besides the point because Watson is hardly a 'good' ODI bowler yet anyways. My main gripe has always been that his bowling isnt good enough to be test standard or for him to be considered an all rounder, and he needs to make serious improvements before he can be. So Watson if anything has been a case of me being right rather than wrong.
As far as Martyn is concerned, how on earth anyone can expect me to predict a loss of form is beyond me. One also has to consider the fact that he was unlucky all series -suffered several poor decisions, run-outs and a ball that rolled along the floor from Harmison. The fact that he was also one of the few Aussies whose technique wasnt worked out in that series should be taken note off. If you want to look at successful series predictions(even though im not really big on them cause everyone undergoes a loss of form once in a while), i was the one who predicted that both Martyn and Katich would have successful series in India in 04/05 and they were both amongst the top averages of the series.
As far as Panesar is concerned, yes i'll admit that i didnt quite get that one right, but i must also state that i never once questioned his place in the side. I wasnt quite expecting him to come on leaps and bounds in the manner in which he has in less than a year,and the fact that he did so bears testiment to the amount of effort hes put into improving his game. I do recommend though that you watch highlights of his bowling in the series in India and compare it with the bowling in Pakistan, and you can clearly see why i said what i said as he is infinetly better in terms of using flight and drift now than what he was back then.
I do remember other occasions when i was wrong. I have no problem in admitting that i was wrong in calling for Tresco's place in the side and he proved exactly why in the last year and a half although i still cant quite figure out how he managed to do so. I dont however change my idea that he is an overrated FTB.
I will also admit that my prediction about Gilchrist not getting a single score past 50 on the last tour of SL was also wrong- He got past 50 once in 6 innings and went on to score a big century.
And i will also admit that ive been wrong about Mccullum who i predicted big things for but is yet to fulfil any of it.
However on the other side i would also like to remind you that i was also the only person who was raving about Simon Jones all the way from 2004 onwards(while everyone was calling for his head and demanding for Anderson and Tremlett to be in the side), and it gave me great pleasure to watch him destroy the Aussies and fulfill his potential. I was also the person(amongst a few others) who predicted that Hayden would struggle against seam and swing in England and i was right once again. I also said that Bracken and Pathan were both ordinary bowlers that werent test class(while everyone else thought otherwise) and both have turned out to be exactly that. I was right when i said that Dhoni would not be a test class batsman, and thats turned out to be the case as well. Yours truly also predicted without having watched Shaun Tait bowl a ball in test match cricket that he would fall short of the required standard. My point is that ive been right far far more often than i have been wrong.
I've been on the boards for some 2.5 years now and therefore am already a senior member. While i certainly enjoy debating and arguing with you and while i think you have come on in your opinions of the game since you first came on here i certainly dont appreciate it when random members like dontcloseyoureyes and certain others seem to think they can just come on here and try to make it look like as though im a troll on the forums without even having the decency to argue my point.